Admissions Requirements

For students entering as first-year students, a high school transcript is required for admission review.

For students entering as transfer students, high school and/or college transcripts are required for admission review.

Test Scores

JWU is test optional but students are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores. The SAT or ACT is required for home-schooled students.

If SAT/ACT scores cannot be obtained for the 2021–22 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Admissions for a formal, academically focused admission interview with an admissions staff member in person, over the phone or virtually (i.e., Zoom).

Minimum Grade Requirements

Conditional Acceptance includes academic support structures such as advising and supplemental instruction. Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained.

In general, JWU seeks a minimum grade average of C+ for admission. A lower grade average and curriculum level require a more intensive review of the total application package.

There are certain majors that may have grade point average, course, academic or other requirements. For further information, please contact the Admissions office.

Program Requirements

Certain programs of study include technical standards as part of academic requirements essential to the program. Students with disabilities should contact Accessibility Services/Center for Academic Support for information regarding the feasibility of reasonable accommodations and the technical standards. See Technical Standards for descriptions of the applicable technical standards. Copies of the technical standards applicable to various programs are also available from Accessibility Services/Center for Academic Support.

For additional admissions requirements please review the other topics listed in the Applying section of this catalog.

To be considered for admission into a JWU graduate program, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed graduate application for admission
  2. Official or certified transcripts/mark sheets from all institutions attended, including proof of bachelor’s degree and master's degree (if applicable) conferral. When a graduate program application is submitted prior to completing requirements for the bachelor's degree, Graduate Admissions will consider the application and, if admissible, will offer an acceptance pending submission of final transcript verifying bachelor degree conferral. Without such verification, students may not be allowed to register for the current semester or continue enrollment and will be in jeopardy of losing their academic status with the university.
  3. Statement of purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to acknowledge the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the graduate program. 
  5. Current résumé or CV

Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) for the master’s program is noted in the table below. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of the graduate business program (excluding Accelerated Master's) as indicated below will be given consideration for admittance to the program desired if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are also submitted.

Conditional acceptance to the graduate business program may be extended to domestic students who are at least 24 years of age, have a 2.41–2.84 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and demonstrate significant evidence of professional success. Students granted conditional acceptance may take a maximum of three JWU graduate courses (students may not enroll in two 8-week courses at the same time). If an overall GPA of 3.0 is earned in the first conditional semester, the student will be granted full admission to that program. Students who do not earn an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and will not be accepted to the JWU graduate program. 

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA Program
MBA 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Master of Science Programs
International Beverage Management (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Sport Leadership (M.S.)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Bachelor's/MBA program 3.0 B.S. or B.A in any major; business-related program preferred Senior status (full-time day school student); grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 and ECON5000; (JWU courses: ACCT1210 and ECON1001 or ECON1002); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.

*North Carolina state licensure is pending for this program.

Mail completed documents to:

Charlotte Campus

Graduate Admissions
Johnson & Wales University
801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Transcripts and test scores must be originals, official, or certified true copies. Official transcripts must be from an accredited institution and submitted in a sealed envelope with the appropriate seal or signature. Certified copies of transcripts from the school are acceptable.

Letters of recommendation, current résumé/CV and Statement of Purpose may be uploaded through the applicant portal, mailed in, faxed to 980-598-1111 or delivered by hand to the Admissions Office.

International students, please review International Admissions Requirements for the MBA program.

Accelerated Graduate Program for Current JWU Students

Accelerated Master's Bachelor's/MBA Program

Through the Accelerated Master's Bachelor's/MBA Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree in the MBA program.

To be considered for admission into the JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist Form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, selecting the Accelerated Master's program under the Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of undergraduate foundation course equivalents with a grade of C or better: Accounting I and II, and Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher